Theatre and the Art of Adaptation

With live theatre being difficult under pandemic restrictions, many artists have found themselves adapting stage plays to audio or other media. On World Theatre Day KWLT will be hosting a round table discussion on the promises and perils of such adaptation of dramatic works. The conversation will range from artistic to practical concerns, with plenty of opportunity for our audience to participate.

Our panelists are:

Danielle Deveau is an Executive Producer at Midtown Radio. She is also a Lecturer in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Waterloo and conducts research on creative cities, cultural mapping, and community engagement.

Diana Lobb has directed four productions for KWLT, including last fall’s The Tragedy of Mariam audio adaptation; her directorial debut included the one-act An Immigration Officer’s Experiences which was originally a radio play. She is also a Lecturer in the Department of English at St. Jerome’s University.

Ciarán Myers is immensely privileged with an MFA in Script Writing from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He is an alumnus of the Stratford Festival’s Playwrights Retreat, Directors Lab North, the Traverse Theater’s Directing Program, and was the first creator-in-residence at GreenLight Arts. At the moment Ciarán is participating in Driftwood Theatre’s Playwrights Unit and working with young people on a new piece with the Registry Theatre. Ciarán lives here in the Waterloo Region with his wife and daughter where he also teaches acting, writing, and dance to all age groups.

Tickets are free for members of KWLT, $5 for non-members. (If you’re not a member but would like to be, you can also purchase a membership for $15 and then get a free member ticket.)

Workshop: Audio mixing for online theatre

In this hour long workshop, Alex McVittie will walk through the basics of how to mix a song recorded remotely for an online theater performance, and share some audio engineering techniques that will bring your radio plays to the next level using some audio segments from The Tragedy of Mariam to demonstrate effects like entering, exiting, and walking around a virtual stage. The workshop will be done using Ardour, an open source digital audio workstation program, but all the techniques demonstrated can be done in almost any digital audio workstation.

Tickets are free for KWLT members and $5 for non-members. (If you’re not a member but would like to be, you can also pay for a membership there.)

Alex McVittie is a 26 year old software developer who has been playing piano since he was 4 years old, and has been doing music production work on the side since 2015. Outside of music and software development, Alex enjoys cycling during warm weather, photography, cooking, and playing board games. 

Presented as part of KWLT’s Black Box Radio Workshop Series.

March Madness 2021

KWLT’s ultimate theatrical competition is back, and this time it’s mad! And by “mad” we mean “online”.

In response to These Times, March Madness is reinventing itself. Teams will be given a short silent film, and they’ll have two weeks to decide what it’s about and provide an audio track: dialogue, effects, even music. They’ll audition their actors the day after they get the footage, and then it’s on!

The March Madness event will be run entirely online, but will look pretty familiar: we’ll screen the films, the filmmaking team will chat about their process, and then the adjudicator will tell us all what they think.

This event is presented entirely for free (but donations are welcome). When the time comes you’ll find the live stream on our YouTube channel.

Black Box Radio Workshops

Q & A with Graham Yeates

How is voice acting different from acting for the stage? What are some key skills for a voice actor to learn? On January 9th we’ll be hosting a live online Q&A with voiceover actor and long-time KWLTer Graham Yeates. This session is free for members of KWLT, $5 for non-members.

Go to to book your place.